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Butler loses Clarke for 2 games

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP)

Butler will play its next two games without leading scorer Rotnei Clarke.

The 13th-ranked Bulldogs said Monday night that a sprained neck will keep the 6-foot guard out of Wednesday night's home game against Richmond and Saturday's showdown at Hinkle Fieldhouse with No. 8 Gonzaga.

Team trainer Ryan Galloy says Clarke visited a specialist earlier in the day and that the decision was made in the ''best interest'' of Clarke's health.

Clarke was injured during the first half of last Saturday's 79-73 victory at Dayton. He was fouled as he drove in for a layup and crashed into the basket support. Clarke said he initially lost feeling from the neck down. He was later released from a local hospital after being taken off the court on a stretcher.

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